29 October 1992,
New York, Park Avenue
Price realised USD 52,800
USD 45,000 - USD 65,000
GOULD, JOHN. The Birds of Europe. London: Published by the author [1832-] 1837.
5 vols., 549 x 369mm. (21 9/16 x 14 1/2in.), spine bands of vols. 4 and 5 slightly bruised, lower cover of vol. 4 and some lower board edges abraded, first title leaf with old crease, some text with dust soiling, some foxing and offsetting throughout.
448 hand-colored lithographed plates, 68 by Edward Lear, the rest by Elizabeth Gould after sketches and designs by Gould, printed by C. Hullmandel.
Gould's first multi-volume ornithological work; the second of the folio series. He visited most of the important private and institutional collections of specimens in Europe in order to provide drawings. (5)
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